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ABF Freight Partners with Teamsters and U.S. Army for Civilian Career Training

FORT SMITH, Ark., Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ABF Freightsm, an ArcBest company [Nasdaq: ARCB], the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the U.S. Army today announced a joint training program to help soldiers transition from military service to civilian careers as professional truck drivers.

Known as the Teamsters Military Assistance Program, the initiative was jointly announced at the Pentagon with a proclamation by Tim Thorne, ABF Freight president, James P. Hoffa, Teamsters general president, and Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, U.S. Army deputy chief of staff G-1.

"ABF Freight and the Teamsters have worked as partners for over 50 years," Thorne said. "As a veteran who understands the needs of transitioning soldiers, I am proud our company can serve as a resource for future veterans to exit with a clear path to a new career."

Through TMAP, qualifying soldiers will receive training to earn a Class A Commercial Driver's License and Hazardous Material Certification. Experienced ABF Freight professional drivers will provide a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on driving training during the soldiers' final weeks of enlistment. Successful completion of the program sets the future veteran on a career path as a professional driver with ABF Freight with excellent pay and benefits.  

"During this program, if soldiers provide the will to succeed, then our team will teach them the skill to not only meet but exceed certification requirements," Thorne said.

ABF Freightsm operates the core less-than-truckload network for North American shippers of all sizes who value quality and an exceptional experience. Our customers know we'll find a way to deliver superior regional and long-haul LTL solutions, including best-in-class trade show, white glove, expedited and time-critical services. With easy access through a single point of contact to a broad array of logistics services at our sister companies, we meet all supply chain needs.

ArcBest Corporationsm [Nasdaq: ARCB] solves complex logistics and transportation challenges. Our companies and brands – ABF Freightsm, ABF Logisticssm, Panther Premium Logisticssm, FleetNet America®, U-Pack® and ArcBest Technologies – apply the skill and the will with every shipment and supply chain solution, household move or vehicle repair. ArcBest finds a way. For more information, visit,,, and ArcBest CorporationSM. The Skill & The WillSM.

ArcBest Media Contact: Kathy Fieweger
Title: Chief Marketing Officer
Phone: 479-719-4358

ABF Freight Media Contact: Russ Aikman
Title: Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Phone: 479-785-8913


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